By Ronald Irving
Anti-nazi, anti-communist, and catholic, Konrad Adenauer dragged defeated Germany from post-war destruction to prosperity in a single generation.
- Concise portrait of a rare statesman - explores Adenauer's own effect in guidelines pursued.
- German Federal Republic was once West ecu lynchpin in the course of chilly conflict - this ebook explains why and the way.
- Adenauer's achievements continue to exist at the present time - eu Union, German democracy.
Ronald Irving is on the college of Edinburgh.
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Adenauer denied this categorically on 27 November, emphasizing that, as he was only the Mayor of Cologne, he was in no position to ‘agree’ to any such thing. 21 Although the separatist movement collapsed in February 1924, when Dr Dorten fled to France (subsequently he settled in Nice and became a French citizen), Adenauer was thereafter subjected to periodic attacks in the Nazi period and after the Second World War by those who claimed that he had been prepared to accept the break-up of the Fatherland.
Qxd 5/3/02 14:36 Page 18 ADENAUER decisive military victory in the West before the USA’s manpower and munitions could alter the balance on the Western Front. Ludendorff opted for victory, and in March 1918 a major German offensive began along the Western Front. Huge advances were made against both the French and the British, but the Allies, under the supreme command of Marshal Foch, prevented a decisive breakthrough. Ludendorff had now used up all his reserves, and in August 1918 the Allies began their counter-attack, rolling back the Germans in three major attacks which gained ground week after week until the Armistice was signed in November 1918.
The modernization of Cologne One of Adenauer’s greatest achievements as Mayor of Cologne was the modernization of his native city. He was greatly helped by the fact that the Treaty of Versailles laid down that all fortifications in the occupied zone of Germany were to be dismantled. This is precisely what Adenauer’s two predecessors had wanted to do with Cologne’s obsolete fortifications, but the Prussian Military Governors were able to resist any demolition until after the First World War. The fortified medieval wall had in fact been partially dismantled towards the end of the nineteenth century, but Cologne could not be fully modernized until the main fortifications were demolished.
Adenauer by Ronald Irving